Restorative Dentistry - Dental Fillings

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What Are Cavities and What Are Their Causes?

Tooth decay can occur when acid is produced from plaque, which builds up on your teeth. If plaque is allowed to build up, it can lead to further problems, such as dental caries (or holes in the teeth), gum disease or dental abscesses, which are collections of pus at the end of the teeth or in the gums.

Tooth decay may not cause any pain. However, if you have dental caries you might have:

  • Toothache - This could be either continuous pain keeping you awake or occasional sharp, sometimes debilitating pain
  • Tooth sensitivity - You may feel tenderness or pain when eating or drinking something hot, cold or sweet
  • Grey, brown or black spots appearing on your teeth
  • Bad breath
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth


What Are Fillings?

A dental filling refers to procedure in which a material is used to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its original function and shape (or as close to it as possible). By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay.

During the procedure, the dentist would need to remove the decayed tooth material and clean the affected area before filling the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.

Enamel loss is a common component of tooth decay, and may result in tooth sensitivity. In many cases, sensitivity caused by enamel loss will be significantly improved or completely eliminated once an appropriate dental filling material is placed. However in some cases, depending on the extent of decay or damage, the affected tooth may require additional or alternative procedures, including crowns, root canals or implants. Your dentists will be able to advise you on the options available to you during the consultation session.


Benefits of Restorative Treatments

Restorative dentistry involves the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of oral diseases, with the aim of restoring the form and function of your teeth back to its original or natural state. This helps prevent further problems in the future, by keeping teeth properly aligned, replacing missing parts of teeth (or loss teeth). Additionally, restoring your teeth and smile also helps with your overall health, appearance and self-esteem.

We believe that your teeth is an integral part of who you are - when we care for your teeth, we take care of your well-being too.


Elements Dental - Your Partner in Restorative Dentistry

At Elements Dental, we incorporate the latest research-based techniques and the best selection of materials. This is to ensure all restorative work are done in the most reliable manner with long-lasting results. It is our aim to make sure that you feel empowered in your dental health journey, and we ensure this by giving you as much information as possible on your condition, treatment options, dental filling costs and what to expect post-treatment.

Tooth decay is a common problem, however it's often entirely preventable. The best way to avoid tooth decay is to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. Practice good oral habits by brushing and flossing regularly, avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco or sugary/starchy food, and visit your dentist for regular check ups to make sure all is in order.

Have questions on what to expect, be it in terms of cost, process or results for dental fillings or crowns? Contact us or visit us today to find out more!


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